As Montrealers, we spend months cooked up indoors, waiting and dreaming of warm weather, iced cocktails and al fresco dinners. It's no wonder restaurants and bars owners like to capitalize on adding an outdoor space, even if, patio season really only lasts 3 months...
Last week, my husband and I got the chance to taste Henri Saint Henri's new Spring menu, cocktails as well as enjoying fresh oysters on their new terrasse ("patio" for the rest of Canada...). HSH is located in the heart of, you guessed it, the St-Henri neighborhood.
Chef Adam Zaitouni (of Grinder, L'Orignal & Les Enfants Terribles)'s refined plates and delicate flavors are a nice contrast from the otherwise rustic and industrial backdrop offered by Henri Saint Henri.
Being part Asian, I've had wasabi, curry and red bean ice cream before... So when I saw "mustard ice cream" served with a cool gaspacho and olive oil powder on the menu, I was instinctively excited to try it! I must admit, it was a nice way to kick start the event.
As the evening turned into night, we got to try other note-worthy combinations such as a refreshing albacore tuna crudo (with pickled jalapeno, mizuna, cucomber, altufo magno, watermelon radish and crispy shallots) and a fluke cooked to perfection (with green pea & mint puree, fennel, fresh & confit lemon, smoked herring roe and horseradish).
As a fellow St-Henrinite, I look forward to do some people watching on the new 34-seat terrasse while sipping on their signature cucumber cocktail, Henri's Vineyard.
Henri Saint Henri: 3734 Notre-Dame, Montreal. 514.303.0777